Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Enrollment

Program Areas

  • Food Safety
  • Variety Evaluation
  • Market Development
  • Pest Management
  • Cultural Practices

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  • Direct Mailings
  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • In-Field Educational Opportunities
  • On-Farm Research Trials

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Business

In order to be economically viable, vegetable, small fruit, tree fruit and grape growers must be good business people. Growers utilize a variety of markets in New York, including retail farm stands and farmers' markets, wholesale markets and produce auctions. Sales of produce continue to increase and expand in New York as growers create new markets for their product. Recent expansions have included more sales directly into New York City and year-round farmers' markets.

Growers must also pay close attention to the costs of doing business on the farm. As costs of inputs such as fuel and fertilizers continue to increase, growers must find new ways to increase efficiency and help consumers understand the value of their products. By keeping costs under control and selling product at a fair price, growers are able to expand the industry in New York.






Relevant Events

Ag Manager Webinar Series: Understanding Financial Statements 1 (Balance Sheets)

July 2, 2019
12:30 - 12:50pm

Ag Manager Webinar Series: Understanding Financial Statements 2 (Income Statements)

July 16, 2019
12:30 - 12:50pm

Last Monday Grant Webinar for Fruit and Vegetable Growers - July

July 29, 2019
12:00-1:00

Ag Manager Webinar Series: Understanding Financial Statements 3 (Budget and Analysis)

July 30, 2019
12:30 - 12:50pm

Ag Manager Webinar Series: Ag Tax Topics - The Schedule F

August 13, 2019
12:30 - 12:50pm

Most Recent Business Content

January 2019 Grants for Farmers (powerpoint presentation)

Elizabeth Higgins, Business Management Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: January 30, 2019

The PowerPoint file and link to the YouTube video of the January 2019 Grants for Farmers Webinar


Heroin and Opioid Addiction and Rural America

Maire Ullrich, Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: January 17, 2019

The heroin and opioid epidemic has spread across the country in the last decade, and overdose deaths in rural areas are now surpassing those in urban areas. Access to prevention, treatment, and support services are typically lacking in rural or farming communities, leading to untreated addiction and increased overdose deaths. Additionally, recent reports show that those who work in occupations with higher rates of injury (farming, construction, roofing, etc.) where workers are less able to take time off to heal are more likely to medicate acute or chronic pain symptoms with opioids, leading to increased likelihood of addiction (MADPH, 2018).  


Move from Good to Great in Ag Labor Management This Season

Elizabeth Higgins, Business Management Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: January 17, 2019

As a fruit and vegetable farmer, labor is one of your most important resources but being a manager also exposes you to risks.  To help prepare you for the 2019 growing season, the Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team, in collaboration with the Cornell Small Farms Program and the Cornell Ag Workforce Development Program and the Cornell Farmworker Program, is offering many opportunities for farmers and farm managers to improve their skills and gain important information in labor management this winter.



More Business Content

The Changing CSA - Data from CSAs in the USA and Eastern NY
Technical Assistance Grant for Hiring and Managing Ag Employees
Starting A Farm Business Resource Sheet
Farmers Market Directory of the Region
Get into eCommerce with FreshFoodNY
Eight Farm Management Tips for the 2018 Season
How to Grow Better Workers - Eight Farm Management Tips for the 2018 Season
Making the Leap to Owner-Operator: Are you Labor Ready?
Supervising Seasonal and Temporary Workers: Special Considerations
Guide on How to Purchase at the NYS Produce Auctions
Grape Insurance
Its time to buy apple insurance 2017
2017 NENY & VT Winter Grape School Presentations
Crop Insurance for Grape Growers
Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)
2017 Winter Tree Fruit School Presentations
Materials from Ag Business Programs
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Upcoming Events

Ag Manager Webinar Series: Understanding Financial Statements 1 (Balance Sheets)

July 2, 2019
12:30 - 12:50pm

Join Liz Higgins from the CCE ENYCHP every other Tuesday at 12:30pm throughout the summer as she discusses pertinent business topics for busy farm managers.
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Pesticide Exam Certification Summer Trainings

July 2 - July 23, 2019
1:30pm - 4:30pm each day
Plattsburgh, NY

2019 Champlain Valley Pesticide Applicator Exam Intensive Training

CCE ENYCHP Horticulture Specialists Mike Basedow and Elisabeth Hodgdon will be offering four afternoons of training to review core concepts and commodity specific items in preparation for the exam.

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FSMA/PSA Food Grower Training Course

July 15, 2019
8:00am - 5:30pm
Warrensburg, NY

A grower training course developed by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) that meets the regulatory requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.  At least one person per farm producing more than $25,000 worth of fruits and vegetables must attend this course once.  Participants will receive a certificate of course completion from the Association of Food and Drug Officials.
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Announcements

Resources from CCE ENYCHP!

We are developing new ways to connect with the CCE ENYCHP team this year! We have a Youtube page located at this link. Check out videos on Table Grape Production, Pest Updates and the 20 Minute Ag Manager - in 4 Minutes series

We have a Facebook Page here as well as an Instagram page. We keep these places updated with current projects, events, and other interesting articles and deadlines.

There are also text alerts available. Fruit and vegetable farmers in 17 Eastern NY counties can now receive real time alerts on high risk disease and pest outbreaks texted directly to their cell phone. The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture program, which is supported by local Cornell Cooperative Extension associations, will now offer text alerts to those that enroll in our program in 2019. 

The text alerts will be reserved for important crop alerts that could impact management decisions immediately. For instance, if there were an outbreak of Late Blight in the area, this would be transmitted to vegetable growers.

Farmers can choose the crop for which they wish to receive updates. Additionally they can request that Ag Business Alerts be sent to them. These alerts might include due dates for crop insurance deadlines, market opportunities etc.

If you have questions, please contact enychp@cornell.edu


Podcasts

Episode 6 - Garlic Production in the Northeast

June 19, 2019
Crystal Stewart talks to Ethan Grundberg about the best practices for garlic production in the Northeast. Pointers on the economics of production, as well as labor-related considerations, storage, and region specific pest considerations discussed herein.

For more information on the garlic-related topics discussed in this episode:
https://cvp.cce.cornell.edu/crop.php?id=14

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